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Ganjifa Cards

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What You Need:
  • Cartridge sheet
  • Rounder
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black marker: thin and thick
  • Poster paints
  • Fine brushes
  • Draw 2 circles on a white cartridge sheet each measuring 12cms in diameter. Draw 2 thin borders within each circle as shown.
  • Draw a rough outline of a figure inside each circle. Matsya is half-human and half-fish and Kurma is half-human and half-turtle.
  • Cut the circles out.
  • Darken the outlines of the figures and the borders using a thin marker. Originally, this was done using a thin brush but this requires a lot of practice to perfect.
  • Add designs and tiny details on the clothes and borders of the cards using the thin marker as shown.
  • Paint the figures in blue and off-white colours.
  • Use bright colours to fill in the clothes and the borders of the cards as shown. Paint the face of the turtle and the tail of the fish.
  • Highlight the painting with black paint or a thick marker and add details to the fish and the turtle.
  • Paint the background with a dark colour. Let it dry thoroughly.
  • Add a similar pattern in the background on both the cards to highlight the paintings. Your Matsya and Kurma Ganjifa cards are ready.
About the Artist

Dipika Gurnaney studied at the Sir J J School of Fine Arts and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art in France. Dipika has been teaching children art since 2002.

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